One Year Remission

July 2017 – 2018

This month marks one year since my Crohns flare has been in remission and I started my trek of recovery. Remission as in no more ulcers, fisculas, pain, diarrhea, bleeding and inflammation was not present from this flare. No more symptoms. Clinical Remission was reached just prior to my colonoscopy on July 24, 2017.

Even though Crohns and Colitis were in remission my body still had a lot of rebuilding to do. Remember back in the earlier posts in 2016 when I talked of organ failure e.g: skin shutting down, muscles had wasted and loss of an incredible amount of tissue throughout my body, hair loss and failure of the lungs, gut, bowel, etc.  This repairing had to take place since my gut was absorbing finally and my body was able to start recovering.

My blog is my journey from extreme illness to the the diagnosis of Crohns to reaching remission naturally. No western medicine. No surgery.  How I recovered and how I worked through the process of healing. I’ve learned so much about health and even more about myself.

Right after the colonoscopy UC was triggered either from the procedure itself or the laxatives taken for the procedure.  So, again I regressed. And again it took time to rid my body of the inflammation and then time to heal. (UC is also in remission) With natural healing of autoimmune diseases, time and patience are huge parts of the success in the journey.

You have to understand how the body heals itself, and in this process from extreme illness of disease to recovery, I have observed it first hand. In the homeopathic textbooks Hahnemann discusses how once in diseased state, the healing process of the body reverses to its natural centered state. Before I read this I had already witnessed this occurring and had documented it. My observation of the reversed order of occurring symptoms was completely part of my soul searching journey.

In illness is the old traumas that have been stored over a period of time. In order to heal the body it finds ways to resolve these traumas so that the body can be cured. It is the souls way of healing. If we were wise enough to listen to our bodies better we would have less illness, pain and suffering.

I have had set backs but I did accomplish my goal of healing naturally through what I ate, getting restorative sleep, movement, and holistic modalities.

Many milestones have been reached over the last three years which I’ve worked extremely hard to accomplish. I’m so glad to finally be on the other side of illness with all the resources I need for my future.

love light peace ~Andrea

In the depths of IBD

Healing Crohns Disease Naturally

I wrote this post when I was bedridden with chronic pain from Crohn’s disease. This is a summation of what my blog offers an individual who has been diagnosed with Crohns and/or Colitis who wants to avoid prescription drugs and surgery like I have.  Also, for individuals who have been suffering a long time and want their life back. Finding healing naturally will change your life!

I know that when in a flare the stigma has us all pegged as needing a bathroom asap, that we have diariah all the time, that Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis is all about bowel movements. When symptoms are present it’s like this to a degree but it’s about so much more!

Pain, pain and more pain! Chronic pain! Iritis pain, debilitating arthritis pain, mouth ulcers, debilitating pain in small intestine, colon and bowel. Debilitating weakness and utter exhaustion, weight lose/gain, constipation, diarrhea, and liver or bladder pain.

Our immune system is weakened, leaky gut syndrome is usually the cause. When your immune system tries to fight off the invading microorganism, an abnormal immune response causes the immune system to attack the cells in the digestive tract.

  • Colon, bowel and small intestine pain. The pain often is described as cramping and intermittent, and the stomach may be sore when touched. Pain may turn to a dull, constant ache as the condition gets worse.
  • Fever or other symptoms that affect the entire body may develop. A high fever may mean that you have an infection, such as an abscess, inflammation or infection.
  • Weight loss. Ongoing symptoms, such as diarrhea, can lead to weight loss.
  • Too few red blood cells (anemia). People with Crohn’s disease develop anemia because of low iron levels caused by bloody stools or the intestinal inflammation itself.
  • Small tears in the anus (anal fissures) that may go away, but come back again.
  • Inflammation of skin, eyes and joints
  • Inflammation of the liver or bile ducts
  • Delayed growth In children
  • Diarrhea is a common problem for people with Crohn’s disease. Intensified intestinal cramping also can contribute to loose stools.
  • Abdominal pain and cramping. Inflammation and ulceration can affect the normal movement of contents through your digestive tract and may lead to pain and cramping. You may experience anything from slight discomfort to severe pain, including nausea and vomiting.
  • You might notice bright red blood in the toilet bowl or darker blood mixed with your stool. You can also have bleeding you don’t see (occult blood).
  • Mouth sores: ulcers in your mouth similar to canker sores.
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss. Abdominal pain and cramping and the inflammatory reaction in the wall of your bowel affects both your appetite and your ability to digest and absorb food.
  • Perianal disease: pain or drainage near or around the anus due to inflammation from a tunnel into the skin (fistula).
  • Higher risk of colon cancer
  • Depression
  • Brain function altered
  • organs shutting down
  • muscle wasting

Holistic healing

  • ayruveda
  • breathing
  • meditation
  • Homeopathy
  • Biofeedback
  • Sho-Tai
  • Dosha – vata, pitta and kapha

Diet changes

  • Against All Grain
  • Whole30
  • AIP Autoimmune Paleo
  • SCD Specific Carbohydrate Diet
  • Bone broth
  • Collagen
  • Pre & probiotics

All the above support the gut! *please note that all or almost all meat bought in stores have been treated with antibiotics, hormones and fed grains, this also pertains to eggs (post more about this coming soon.) which are triggers for IBD.

I can’t believe how many people with Crohns and Colitis don’t get that the foods we eat affect our digestive track. Obviously, if our Crohns is flared you have ulcers in either your small intestine, colon and bowel and possibly your stomach and mouth. Having Colitis the ulcers are in the lining of your colon so, it makes sense that what we eat is having an affect on our GI Track.

Other important lifestyle changes

  • Sleep, sleep and more sleep
  • Rest, take naps when you need them
  • Drink water
  • Walking, yoga, exercise
  • Find gratitude in every day
  • Modalities
  • Chakras
  • Self care, love yourself (be kind and respectful of your body)
  • Mind, body and spirit balance
  • Vitamins
  • Other holistic remedies
    • remove stresses from your life
    • grain free, gluten free, alkaline based diet
    • removal of sugar, legumes, dairy, and night shades
    • also avoid sulfites, msg, carrageenan and artificial additives
  • Minerals
  • Mindfulness
  • Homemade foods….go back to the basics

This is a personal view of how I live my life and what I have done to change my lifestyle. Specifically, when in a flare and recovery.

One of the most important lifestyle changes I made was to remove negative aspects from my life. In order for healing to begin I had to remove toxic people, change my work and living environment and focus solely on myself.

Nothing in my life was working. It all had to go! Best decisions I ever made!

Spring has finally arrived and I can’t wait to get outside more to absorb vitamin D and get some colour on my blinding white legs. 😉

Happy Friday!

Light Love & Peace ~Andrea

Get to know the Clean Fifteen & Dirty Dozen!

4DD62057-8127-4612-9A61-6E15B1190419It’s important to clean your gut to avoid autoimmune disorders and if you have autoimmune disease(s) already.

Inflammation is the word for the movements that are all around us now. Eliminate inflammation for optimal health! A great way to start to clean your gut is to shop the dirty dozen and the clean 15 lists when buying fruits and vegetables.
Ultimately, growing our own would be the most healthiest knowing what environment these were grown in but not many of us can live with such a privilege.

Here are the ewg.com (EWG) Environmental Working Group dirty dozen and clean 15 lists to assist in avoiding harmful chemicals in the produce aisles. A good way to think about these choices is the clean 15 have the lowest levels of pesticides used ~ thin skin organic, thick skin non-organic.

 

Note: Green beans and kale are moving up on the most sprayed list.

 

Never Defined

I’ve never played the victim to my illnesses. My daughter said to me a couple of years ago `You are not defined by anyone or anything. “ I had two thoughts; one I had never thought about it before and wow that is a major statement coming from a 20 year old. Playing the victim to an illness is not helping your situation, in fact it is making it worse. Having that mentality is detrimental to your health. When I first started on social media about this last Crohns flare it was for one reason only, to let others know they are not the only one, that others are struggling and going through the grieving and healing process too.

As I posted and my followers grew I followed them too. But then I realized that almost everyone of them who was dealing with autoimmune disorders were sucky, poor me, look what happened to me now. This victim mindset was prevalent on more accounts than not. It was toxic. It disgusted me. I unfollowed every single one of them because it brought me down, it made me think this isn’t how this should go, why would you let others see you being weak and pathetic. I’m not like that I can’t watch this happen. I’m strong, I’m a fighter, I don’t back down. Never have!

So, for all you who have an autoimmune disease(s) I am a fact based person, here you will find my journey to figure out how to get from almost dying to healthy and beyond. And most importantly, to never ever let that happen again!

I think it is important for people to know the facts, to hear what happens to others so that we can learn and so that maybe I can help someone avoid what I’ve gone through. At 17 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in Toronto, Ontario by a specialist. At that time I was told to go on disability. I refused. I’m a fighter I’m not going to be labeled at such a young age. I am not giving in to disease, I’m not a quitter and I most definitely did not want people looking down at me. Wasn’t gonna happen! I’m still not on disability even as my diseases multiple but you know what I can see that I will have to at some point and there is nothing wrong with that. But at that young age all I could see was people would take over my life, that they would have control over me. And I’m glad I didn’t at that time.

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We don’t have to be victims to our circumstances, to illness, to diseases. Speaking our truth is different, it’s telling the facts, educating and advocating. Advocacy for ourselves, for others, for disease, for healing and for strength. So, please don’t mistake the content in my posts as playing the victim or wanting sympathy or attention. If you knew me you would know that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Thoughts become words which become actions. Being a victim is hard for me to understand so I had to do a little research.

Victim: One who is harmed by or made to suffer under a circumstance or condition. Victim mentality is an acquired personality trait in which a person tends to recognize themselves as a victim of the negative actions of others, and to behave as if this were the case in the face of contrary evidence of such circumstances. Victim mentality depends on clear thought processes and attribution.

I think the worst part of playing the victim is not making changes to your life.  I have talked to many and they refuse to make changes.  If you have illness, your lifestyle is not working for you. You have to change your thinking, your lifestyle and your surroundings. We all struggle, there are far worse situations to be in that others are dealing with right now. Be a fighter, win back your life, DO THE WORK! You will get there. Don’t give up.

Tell your story! But for the right reasons. To educate, inform, advocate and to heal!

Light Love & Peace ~Andrea xo